Atlanta >Food & Dining > Zen Nubian
163 Peters St SW, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3031333.749941 -84.398945
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Castleberry Hill, Northeast
My Place of Peace – Zennubian is my place of peace. My special special and I go every weekend for the yummy brunch. Everyone that works there is so relaxed and peaceful and just fun, cool and knowledgable(i ask a lot of questions).
I always have a hard time making a choice between the Nubian Breakfast and the Breakfast Bagel sandwich my personal favorites. I try to get my partner to order one so I can order the other and then eat them both but he doesn't always listen.
We eat and they we lay out on the couch or the cushions if we are sitting on the floor, and just vibe to the cool music I promise we are there at least 2 hours every visit.
They always seem so happy to see us so we feel very special. The enviornment is definatly eclectic that's what is so great there is nowhere like it in Atlanta. I love the uniqueness of this place it's special!!!
Please check them out you will love the whole experience from the service to the amazing food to the cool enviornment.
PS they do not charge you for honey and they give free refills on the tea (I just had to say that)
An very unique --yes, odd--experience – Zen Nubian's character is the result of trying to create an original image and mystique by combining the zen (Chinese / Buddhah / Yoga / Spiritual) with the nubian (African / Black / African American) cultures, icons and meanings. Yeah, it's an odd mix--and as hard to pull off as it is to explain!
So enjoy the do-it-yourself attmosphere with cushions on the floor (there are some benches if want to sit up), and just go for a new experience and a few incredible food items found on the menu. Yes, some are to avoid, such as the breakfast or egg-like brunch items, but the salads are really cool--artisan, seemingly organic, and filled with nuts and berries, and tasty, inventive dressings. Oh, and I hope you are good with chopsticks, because they offer no other utensils. Sloppy, hummus-filled wraps with sauces and toppings are served to you with no mention of utensils, and when you ask for them--you realize you should have washed your hands before the meal!
The sandwiches and wraps are fantastic! Again, healthy and creative ingredients.
The teas, juices and smoothie-like drinks are pricey, but some are pretty interesting, especially those that offer some left-of-center benefit or cure.
Try a fresh palm coconut, which they will cut open for you with a machete, to drink the inner juice thru a straw.
The staff is somewhat knowledgeable about ingredients, but are inclined to give you their own cosmic meaning and speculations on the powers of specific ingredients. Be forewarned, delightfully so- they all seem a bit spacey, as if they've had a few too many shrooms from the soup. They definitely are in no hurry and have zero sense of urgency (thus the Zen?), so go there with some time, an open mind, and don't muddy the chi while you eat in a neat place. I've been back, and I'll be going again.
no zen here – We stumbled across Zennubian while driving through Castleberry and decided to give it a shot. It happened to be Sunday afternoon, so they offered a brunch menu. I ordered a bagel with veg sausage, tofu, veggies, and rosemary potatoes, with a side of cheese jalepeno grits. Sounds delicious, right? WRONG. I could SQUEEZE the butter out of my bagel (why wouldn't the chef put it on the side?), my lettuce was so soaked in butter I couldn't eat it, and the tofu was bland and not scrambled. Oh, and the grits: if you are from the south, you should definitely NOT order these. First, they smelled as if they had fermented somehow. Second, they were the color of strained carrots. Finally, there were no jalepenos in the grits, only a squirt of hot sauce. The meal's only saving grace was the potatoes. I would have liked to season my food, but no salt and pepper on the table. I would have liked to scrape some of the butter off my bagel, but no silverware. The restaurant only offers chopsticks, which wouldn't suffice. I would have liked to sweeten my iced tea to my own liking, but sugar/honey/agave are not provided on the table. In fact, they charge EXTRA for it. The tea was already $5, the agave nectar was 0.75 more, and I couldn't even taste it. Meanwhile, my husband ordered water, which was served in a sake bottle with a tiny sake glass for him to drink from. Get over your image, Zennubian!
What a disappointment. I do not recommend it, especially if you have any sort of appetite.
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